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Ross Daly
Blog: Donkey noise in After Effects?
on Aug 16, 2011 at 5:57:12 am

I may be going crazy (probably in fact) but last night I was up super late rendering a bunch of things out of After Effects and for some reason they were all failing. I had 5 or 6 renders fail, and then right before bed one of them failed and it made a really loud donkey whinneying noise. Has anyone else ever heard that? Is it an easter egg, or an “undocumented feature”

I’m going to try to recreate it, but I don’t have high hopes. Let me know if you’ve run into this before.

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Walter Soyka
Re: Donkey noise in After Effects?
on Aug 16, 2011 at 2:35:14 pm

I think it's a goat, and it does alert you to failed renders.

You can trigger the goat sound effect manually in AE by shift-clicking on the second line of the effects panel (the one that identifies which layer is selected, i.e., "Comp 1 • Black Solid").

The goat sound effect is called rnd_fail.wav.

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David Johnson
Re: Donkey noise in After Effects?
on Aug 16, 2011 at 3:10:20 pm

Yeah, I think it's a goat or sheep rather than a donkey.

The (customizable) render ok and render fail SFX have always been part of AE so they're pretty easy to recreate ... just render something.

If you haven't heard the AE render fail SFX before, it's only because you've never had a render fail ... or, at least haven't been in the room to hear it.

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Andy Doran
Re: Donkey noise in After Effects?
on Oct 27, 2011 at 10:11:46 pm

Wow, I did not know this - Is it just CS5 or other versions too?

I'm off to fail some renders!

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Abhishek Neogi
Re: Donkey noise in After Effects?
on Sep 11, 2012 at 8:22:22 am

Happened to me a lot of times.
But mine sounded like a sheep.
Something like,"meeeeeehhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!"
It's true though.
And that noise didn't happen again the moment I restored my secret menu settings to it's defaults.

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